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  • What’s the deal with WordPress keyboard shortcuts recently?

    They don’t work properly in most modern browsers (I use HTML instead of Rich Text).

    Quick stuff like adding URL’s (Shift-alt-A) or Bold text (Shift-Alt-B), etc:

    – Doesn’t work at ALL in Google Chrome
    – Only work in Firefox up and until you hit “Save Draft” then it stops completely.
    – Doesn’t work in Safari
    – Works halfway in IE 9 (shortcuts only add a single half-tag at a time, and not surrounding selected text)

    I’m forced to use an outdated, unsecure browser like Flock 2.6 to have the keyboard shortcuts work all the time.

    Any suggestions? Why don’t they work in the “latest versions” of most browsers?

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  • Anyone have any suggestions? Could it be a plugin conflict?

    Does anyone use the shortcuts and html editing? That is the only way I can have published over 35,000 posts by myself.. doing it via mouse would have been impossible.

    Crazy that no other WordPress users like editing in HTML and using keyboard shortcuts? This must be a major problem for the people that develop WP – because it makes no sense that no one is addressing this very serious isse.

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    Non-numerical accesskeys (keyboard shortcuts) rarely, if ever, work predictably across multiple OS & browsers due to conflicts on the user’s software etc.

    ESMI – I understand what you’re saying – but this is a DOCUMENTED FEATURE of WordPress – and no one at WordPress is acknowledging what ONCE worked in ANY browser, no longer works in most modern browsers when editing in HTML.

    I’m certain this is a bug – if it’s listed as a feature and doesn’t work.

    See below:

    Keyboard Shortcuts for WordPress HTML Editor
    Blockquote: Alt+SHIFT+q
    Bold: Alt+SHIFT+b
    Code: Alt+SHIFT+c
    Insert date/time: Alt+SHIFT+s
    Insert IMG URL: ALT-SHIFT-m
    Italics: Alt+SHIFT+i
    Line Break: SHIFT+Enter
    Link: Alt+SHIFT+a
    List Item (li): Alt+SHIFT+l
    Ordered List (ol): Alt+SHIFT+o
    Publish the Post: Alt+SHIFT+p
    Read More: Alt+SHIFT+t
    Redo: CTRL+y
    Strikethrough: Alt+SHIFT+d
    Undo: CTRL+z
    Unordered List (ul): Alt+SHIFT+u

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    Non-numeric accesskeys have never worked in all browsers. And via http://make.wordpress.org/accessibility/ I’ll be suggesting that they be reviewed with a view to removal as they can create serious barriers for users of AT software.

    Why would a process that makes composing posts or pages incredibly FASTER be removed? That’s sort of like taking it back to the stone ages.

    You’d be better off suggesting a toggle on / toggle off switch or something similar.

    I could never blast out the number of posts I do without the shortcuts.

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    Why would a process that makes composing posts or pages incredibly FASTER be removed?

    Because those shortcuts can cause impossible-to-bypass barriers for users of assistive technology.

    Really? That sounds more like the EXTREME minority of users and should be considered LAST over a highly necessary piece of functionality to the MAJORITY of users.

    This is a backwards way of thinking.

    It’s like installing a 5-lane handicap ramp on the highway with only one lane left for speedy gas-powered cars.

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    Can you use a mouse?

    Sure I can use a mouse. But I can navigate through all commands over 500% faster using keyboard shortcuts. You try editing a post with say – 100 style changes, links, bold, italic, unordered lists and more using a mouse. You’ll have carpal tunnel by the time you’re done with your edit.

    Bottom line is that the keyboard shortcuts weren’t put into WordPress as a joke or by accident. They work – and allow skilled publishers (with two hands and keyboard proficiency) to reach a level of efficiency otherwise impossible using the slow methodic mouse method.

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    Sure I can use a mouse.

    So you have a choice, yes? Many people do not have that choice.

    I couldn’t agree more with hoboken411. We have a choice to not use WordPress. Perhaps we should exercise that?

    More to the point, whatever problem is caused by keyboard shortcuts, an option could be offered to disable them for those that would benefit. That would be much smarter than the blanket removal of common keyboard shortcuts that a majority of users expect.

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